Public Hearing To Decide Infections Disease Bill

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Speaker, House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila says the House will subject the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill to a public hearing where Nigerians from all walks of life would contribute to the draft law.

Addressing the members at the resumption of plenary session, the Speaker said since the introduction of the Bill a week ago, there has been a barrage of criticisms against it.

Mr Gbajabiamila said the allegation that the Bill is an attempt to turn Nigerians into guinea pigs for medical research while taking away their fundamental human rights was far from the truth.

However, the Speaker said, as representatives of the Nigerian people, members of the House would never contemplate doing anything that would jeopardise the wellbeing of the citizens.

Mr Gbajabiamila added that the social distancing guidelines that the House and the whole country operates on at the moment, would not permit a usual format of public hearing, but that if a socially distant public hearing becomes workable, they will certainly explore that option.

Ibrahim Shehu

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